City has a ball at Moose
SHAMOKIN - More than 90 people turned out at the Loyal Order of Moose lodge on Rock Street Thursday evening for Shamokin's sesquicentennial ball.
A cocktail hour preceding the event began at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Mayor William D. Milbrand officially brought the ball to its start with a short speech thanking all of the parties who have aided in staging the events for Shamokin's 150th Anniversary.
"Let's all have a good time," said Milbrand in his speech. "God bless the City of Shamokin."
Max Media's Chad Evans disc jockeyed the event. He said he had a variety of music ranging several decades queued for the evening.
He also said the semi-formal event brought back memories of times when people put on their finest to go downtown.
"When I was a kid, my great-grandma would take me downtown and she would dress up," said Evans, adding that he can remember visiting popular stores like Jupiter's with his great-grandmother. "So, it's great to get dressed up."
A buffet spread prepared by the Moose's staff featured baked chicken and corn on the cob and cocktail weenies wrapped in bacon.
Around 7:30 p.m., Mayor Milbrand cut a cake baked and donated by the women of the Moose.
Milbrand was ecstatic about the ball. He said that while many locals were in attendance, he also had spoken with several people who had traveled from out of town.
Milbrand said he told one woman, "You can take the girl out of Shamokin, but you can't take the Shamokin out of the girl."
"And she said, 'That's true,'" said Milbrand, laughing.
In addition to the mayor, several other local dignitaries were in attendance.
City council members Charlie Verano and Barbara Moyer laughed and talked with attendees, as did state Rep. Kurt Masser.
At 9:30 p.m., Evans performed "Shamokin State of Mind," his YouTube video that parodied Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind," alongside video co-star Erica Perrige.
"I don't think I can find a better place to be than right here tonight," said Evans.